How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Oregon?
Thinking of getting married in Oregon? This eclectic state is incredibly diverse with farmland, beaches, forests, and mountains, offering a one-stop-shopping for every type of venue. The big cities of Oregon like Portland are home to fancy boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, famous coffee shops and microbreweries. Oregon packs a lot in and offers a ton of options for just about any style wedding.
Rules and Regulations
Before strolling through the lovely Japanese gardens in Oregon on your honeymoon, you need to acquaint yourself with their rules and regulations for getting married.
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in Oregon without parental consent.
- If you are 17 years old, you can be married with the written consent of one parent or guardian.
- You do not need to live in Oregon to be married there.
- You do not need a blood test.
- Cousin marriage is not permitted.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You must have at least two witnesses, 18 or older present at your wedding ceremony.
How to Apply
You must both appear in person, together at the County Clerk’s office. You may pre-register online but still have to bring your application into the office to complete and obtain the mar-riage license. You will need to bring the following paperwork with you:
- A license fee of $60 payable in cash.
- Both parties addresses.
- Date of birth for both parties.
- Place of birth for both parties.
- Father’s name.
- Father’s place of birth.
- Mother’s name.
- Mother’s place of birth.
- Mother’s maiden name.
- A current, valid ID such as driver’s license, passport, state ID, military ID, or green card.
- Date of dissolution of any previous marriages.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a three day waiting period before you can get married, after obtaining your marriage license. The license is only good for 60 days from the date it was issued. Be sure to plan your wedding date accordingly.
Who Can Officiate
A minister of any church operation in the state of Oregon may officiate at your wedding ceremony. The minister does not need to register with the state but must comply with some regulations.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may order a copy of your marriage certificate after it has been returned and recorded by the Oregon Vital records office. You may purchase your copy online here.